HP Pavilion dv3 4305se Review

By on April 20, 2011
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A powerfully small package.

Good: Very powerful, Good keyboard, Doesn't get too hot under constant load, Compact size
Bad: Low battery time
Price: AED 2,799
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Performance wise the dv3 is no slouch, matching the numbers of bigger laptops that were much more bulkier and unwieldy.

The internal fan remains on for the most part, even during web browsing; although, it remains completely silent. While running the above benchmarks the fan did kick into high gear, with a fairly audible sound. Unless you’re in a completely silent room, this will not be annoying at all. Your mileage for noise tolerance may vary, but generally it’s acceptable while under load.

All of this power does come at a price though, that of a battery life barely touching 2 hours. With the Power Saving mode enable, and the graphics automatically switching from the HD 6370M to the Intel GMA, it still didn’t make much of a difference. The Core-i5 is a pretty damn fast processor, not to mention the 7200rpm that does, minor as it is, draw more power than a 5400rpm HDD.

Heat was hardly ever an issue, surprising as the small chassis carries a pretty power CPU and a fast HDD. Speaking of which, one need not worry about the performance of this zippy drive as pretty much everything loaded up fast, all the components working in tandem to provide a very smooth experience. At no point did I ever feel that my usability was hampered by a small 13” laptop because the parts inside a very well balanced and powerful.

Ultimately the HP Pavilion dv3 represents a very nice and powerful laptop in a very small package, enough to easily do office work and play the occasional games, but don’t forget the power cord.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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  • Hyper Mahdi

    I wanted to update my laptop Bios Laptop Power was interrupted during the update
    And I gave my laptop to a repair shop
    To restructure the BIOS
    But there is no software to program it
    Also, the program did not exist in HP sitePLEASE HELP MEmy email:hyper.mahdi@yahoo:twitter .com

    i am from iran

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